The Ballymun Educational Support Team (BEST) wishes to develop programmes and to create a climate, which will stimulate the interest and participation of young people between the ages of 4 and 18 years with a view to tackling early school leaving. In doing so, BEST will endeavour to improve school attendance, behaviour and attainment; to promote parental, family and community involvement and to encourage the genuine and continued integration of services. It is aimed to provide and strengthen a series of supportive measures, inside and outside of school, which will maximise participation in the education system.
BEST is affiliated with and funded by Tusla – School Completion Fund (SCP), as part of a national network of SCPs. BEST supports eight junior and senior schools in the Ballymun area with the following services:
- Targeted intervention to children and young people with significant support needs who have been identified through the SCP intake framework.
- Highly targeted intervention to Out of School young people and their families with complex needs.
- Evidence based informed intervention at a universal level to the whole class/whole school group.
BEST SCP are current seeking a Chair for the Board. If you have experience in the area and are committed to play a role in helping young people achieve their studies we’re keen to hear from you.
General Trustee duties of a Charity Trustee
- Comply with the Charity’s governing document
- Ensuring charity is complying with its charitable purpose for the public benefit
- Acting in the best interest of the charity
- Act with Reasonable Care and Skill
- Manage the assets of your charity
The responsibilities of the Chair are as follows:
- The Chairperson has a strategic role to play by effectively communicating the vision and purpose of the organisation, to ensure the Board functions well, that there is full participation at meetings.
- To plan and Chair meetings in accordance with the governing document
- To liaise with Project Manager and to keep up to date on the affairs of the organisation
- To bring impartiality and objectivity to meetings and decision making
- To ensure that decisions made at meetings are implemented
- To be aware of current issues that might affect the organisation
- To advocate for and represent the organisation at external meetings and events if required
Qualities and skills required
- Good leadership skills
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Impartiality, fairness, and the ability to respect confidences
- Ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed-up
- Good timekeeping
- Tact and diplomacy
- Understanding of the roles/responsibilities of a governing body
There will be nine Board meetings in an academic year, inclusive of AGM. Meetings are normally held in Ballymun. The board are currently meeting online given current circumstances.